A very common query I receive via Foodie Melbourne is for at home chefs and dining experiences, and I can completely understand why. Dining out can be so expensive, especially when you live in the ‘burbs and want to have a few wines over dinner, yet entertaining at home can become so stressful that you can happily see the convenience of forking out 100+ bucks on transport, food and drink for an evening.
But, Melbourne, I finally have the perfect dinner party solution.
For those of you who have always wondered, why can’t I get a lovely Italian man to come to my house, bring the ingredients, cook me and my friends dinner, and clean up afterwards… your dreams have been answered. Introduce, Michele Scovotto from Semplice Cooking. Michele made the trip to Melbourne from the gorgeous Amalfi Coast six months ago, and for the last three months he has been making his dream a reality- sharing his love for simple Italian cooking in peoples homes.
I was lucky enough to try his services out for a girls night in my own home- he bought the ingredients, I bought the wine, and throughout the night we learnt how to make incredible homemade gnocchi in a very informal masterclass, indulged in some delightful antipasto (with some of his Nonna’s recipes!) as well as eating the gnocchi we prepared ourselves and finishing up with some tiramisu. Michele is everything you expect a young Italian man to be- courteous, funny, passionate and a little bit cheeky- it is his lovely nature that is just as enjoyable as his cooking itself.
His passion for Italian cooking is shared with you through stories of his life in Italy, how his love of food developed and his sharing of family recipes. Those of you who have travelled to Italy will know that nothing compares to the fresh simplicity of the food there, and his food captures this.
Michele’s services start at $60 per person- thats for him to bring all the ingredients to your house, cook a three course meal, teach you how to make the food (if you want to learn!) and then he cleans up afterwards. He can cater for groups from four people all the way to 20 plus, and his services would be perfect for a birthday, low key hens party, girls night etc.
Make your next dinner party a masterclass as well, with Semplice Cooking.
Grazie Michele for a wonderful evening!
Have a delicious day,
PLEASE NOTE: Foodie Melbourne’s dinner party was received free of charge, but all opinions are genuine (and backed up by my guests!)